Staff and students at the post-lecture reception at the University of Leeds

Staff and students at the reception for the BSHS-sponsored lecture by Ian Hacking on “Making up Autism” on 13 May 2013 at University of Leeds

The BSHS is always looking for opportunities to start dialogues that involve the history of science. We organize conferences, workshops, seminars and outreach events for audiences ranging from schoolchildren to adults, and we are developing lots of new ideas for events in the history of science.

Do you have an idea that you think would be useful as a BSHS event?

Let us know. Contact the Conferences Committee ( or Outreach Chair (, who will be happy to discuss your proposal and how to develop it.


BSHS is pleased to offer one, two, or three grants of up to £2000 each to support the organization of one-day BSHS-sponsored themed conferences to take place in the spring and autumn of 2016. These conferences should explore themes of HSTM interest and ideally build in some element of professional development and / or public engagement. The BSHS particularly encourages proposals which allow for the presentation of conventional research papers whilst also incorporating innovative approaches and formats.

The deadline for applications is 4 January 2016.

For further information on the scheme, and how to apply, please click here.

Are you trying to organize an event and would like the BSHS to help organize it with you, or provide some support?

We can offer different forms of support depending on what you or your organization/institution need.

1. BSHS-organized event.

These are events that the BSHS is willing to take care of all the administration, programme, publicity and budget.

2. Joint event

These events are organized by the BSHS with one or more partners who share the organization, budget, publicity and programme arrangements to reach the widest possible audience.

To help with planning and to adhere to our legal responsibilities, we ask to be involved with the planning and decision-making, to see the proposed budget and to be represented on publicity.

3. Financial Sponsorship

If you want a financial contribution to your event or have already begun to organize the event, the BSHS can help with support that can be used in a flexible way in helping to finance the event.

All we ask is that the BSHS is recognized as a contributing sponsor in literature associated with the event. We typically offer financial support of between £50 and £300 for events.

For information about how and when to apply for conference support see here.

For guidance to successful applicants, including information about publicity, reporting and how to claim your conference grant after the event, see here.

For successful applicants: to claim you conference grant after the event, please use the form here.

4. Technical (in-kind) sponsorship

Non-financial support that helps with publicity, administration or programme advice for the event.

All we ask is that the BSHS support is recognized in literature associated with the event.

If you would like to seek one of these forms of support or have an idea that you think we will be interested in, please contact the Outreach Chair ( for events related to public dialogue, outreach and education, or the Conferences Committee ( for events related to conferences, workshops, seminars, or symposia.